As emphasized by “DN”, the deteriorating security situation in the east prompted the Swedish armed forces to deploy additional soldiers to Gotland.
On Friday evening, an American C-17 transport plane from Kalix in the north of Sweden with 100 soldiers landed at the airport in Visby as part of international cooperation.
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According to the newspaper, some of the soldiers came to Gotland in a car column by sea via the Nynaeshamn port near Stockholm. The operation, as “DN” writes, was shrouded in mystery.
Sweden’s armed forces declined to comment. “We don’t want some information to fall into the wrong hands,” said Swedish military spokeswoman Therese Fagerstedt.
Earlier on Friday, the local Gotland newspaper Helagotland reported an unusual sight of tanks guarding the port of Visby. Already on Thursday, in many places on the island, residents encountered armed foot patrols of the army.
More Russian ships
“DN” reminds that in the last month the Russian navy increased its presence in the Baltic from one landing ship to six, three of which entered the Danish straits this week. The Swedish air force was monitoring the development from the air.
Sweden is not a NATO member, but cooperates with the Alliance. The government in Stockholm is opposed to Russia’s demands for NATO, as they would limit the country’s defense capabilities.
Gotland is situated in a strategic place in the Baltic Sea in the south-eastern part of Sweden.
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